Football fans say Eagles, Cranes friendly impressive

By Meletus EZE Football fans in Delta have described Tuesday’s friendly between the Super Eagles and the Cranes of Uganda in Asaba as an impressive outing. The football enthusiasts said that they were not disappointed at the goalless draw by the teams. They added that the teams had an impressive and superlative play which outcome was expected. They said that the Eagles gave a good account of themselves, considering their previous encounter with the Cranes. The fans said with good technical touch on the Nigerian team, there was the possibility…

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Olofa of Offa tasks indigenes on communal services

By Giwa SHILE The Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi, has called on wealthy indigenes of Offa in Kwaravto redouble their efforts in ensuring its socioeconomic development. Oba Gbadamosi made the call while flagging off a four-day healthcare empowerment initiative by Offa Descendant Union, United Kingdom (UK) Chapter, (ODUUK) in Offa. The empowerment initiative tagged: “Sight and Vision Project” was inaugurated by the chapter in 2017 in collaboration with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). According to the monarch, the act of developing the community requires the collective responsibility of stakeholders…

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Outage: BEDC to reconnect Ekiti communities

By Thompson ABISOLA The Ekiti Government on Tuesday received assurances from the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) that power supply would be restored by December to some towns that had been without power supply for years. Those to be reconnected in the first batch are  Ikogosi-Ekiti, Erijiyan- Ekiti and Ipole-Iloro Ekiti. A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olayinka Oyebode,  said BEDC’s  Chief Executive, Mrs Funke Osibodu, gave the assurance in Ado-Ekiti at a meeting with Gov. Kayode Fayemi. She said the three communities would…

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PDP Celebrates Jonathan @61, describes him as Pillar of Democracy

By Elizabeth ADENUGA The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday felicitated with former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as he clocks the age of 61 years. The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary,  Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja, described Jonathan as “an icon of democracy.” Ologbondiyan also described him as “pillar of contemporary Nigerian democracy, whose patriotism and personal sacrifices ensured the unity, stability and corporate existence of our dear nation, particularly given the circumstances of the 2015 general elections. “Dr Jonathan remains a true Nigerian leader,…

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Fayemi reinstates five Perm Secs sacked by Fayose, to get salary arrears

By Thompson ABISOLA Gov.  Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has ordered the reinstatement of all the five Permanent Secretaries that were retired in 2014 by the immediate past administration of Mr Ayodele Fayose. Their reinstatement was made known in a  statement issued on  Tuesday night in Ado-Ekiti by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olayinka Oyebode. Those reinstated are  Mr Emmanuel Oso, Mr Alfred Ologuntoye, Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, Mrs Funke Falodun, Mr Ayoola Owolabi and Mr Babatunde Alokan. The statement said their reinstatement followed the successful hearing of their petitions…

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UN chief urges strengthened peacekeeping in Africa

By Meletus EZE UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the international community to strengthen cooperation and commitment to peacekeeping in Africa, the region, which hosts half of all ongoing missions in the world. Guterres, during an open debate held at the Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, cited the “encouraging progress” achieved by UN peacekeeping operations in Africa. Currently, half of all peacekeeping missions – seven out of 14 – and four in five UN peacekeepers – known as ‘blue helmets’ – are based in Africa. In addition,…

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Aspiration to privatise the country’s refineries may have suffered a fresh setback- Dr Okon

By Thompson ABISOLA The Special Adviser to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Policy and Regulation,Dr Tim Okon, said the aspiration of the country to privatise its refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna may have yet suffered a fresh setback. Dr Okon, who represented Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, pointed the glommy picture of the country’s midstream sector at the All Convention Luncheon of the 36th Annual International Conference and Exhibition of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) in Lagos on Tuesday. He…

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2019 polls: Be security conscious, JOHESU boss urges journalists

By Aliyu DANLADI The Chairman of the Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) in Rivers,  Mr Chris Mbata,  has called on journalists to be security conscious during the 2019 general elections. He made the call on Tuesday in Port Harcourt while speaking at the  Correspondent Week  of the Nigeria Union Journalists in Rivers which had as theme:  ”  Promoting Security in 2019 Elections: The Role of the Media.” Mbata, who was the Chairman of the occasion, said that freedom of speech remains a key ingredient of democracy. He called on journalists…

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2019: Jonathan expresses concern over increased incidences of vote buying

By Elizabeth ADENUGA Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday in Abuja, expressed concern over increased incidences of votee buying in the country, ahead of the 2019 general elections. Jonathan expressed his concern at the public presentation and formal launch of a book — “My Transition Hours” by Jonathan. He said that vote buying, which was gradually replacing other forms of electoral malpractices, had become scandalous and placed the country in bad light. He pointed out that voters inducement through engraving of pictures of candidates and political party logos on gift…

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Suspected pipeline vandal dies trying to disarm NSCDC operative – Spokesperson

By Aliyu DANLADI The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Lagos State on Tuesday said that a suspected NNPC pipeline vandal got killed while trying to disarme an operative. The spokesperson of the Corps in Lagos, Miss Kehinde Bada, an Assistant Superintendent of Corps, disclosed this while reacting to the killing of a man by operatives of the corps. According to Bada, the incidence occurred at a security post manned by men of the corps mandated to guard and protect the pipelines in Abule-Egba area, Oke Odo, a…

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